Had I the heavens’ embroidered cloths,
Enwrought with golden and silver light,
The blue and the dim and the dark cloths
Of night and light and the half light,
I would spread the cloths under your feet:
But I, being poor, have only my dreams;
I have spread my dreams under your feet;
Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.
(‘He wishes for the Cloths of Heaven’ by W. B. Yeats)
As parents, we want nothing more for our children than their happiness and ability to support themselves through life. If we help them find their purpose in life, they will have both.
Everything starts with purpose. With it, we have everything we need. Without it – without them understanding their true talents and how to monetise them – they will start out on a path towards unhappiness and stress. A mid-life crisis might have them discovering their true purpose, but they will have wasted decades, while others who knew their purpose forged ahead.
For this reason alone, we should tread softly around our children’s dreams. We cannot know where those dreams might take us. We cannot know the future they might face. All we can do is tell them stories about how others found their purpose, inspire them to pursue their interests and passions, and teach them to focus on: purpose.
Some of us (such as everyone at Bloody Clever) are currently challenging the education system to support this innovative yet very common-sense approach to early career thought, but you can help at home too.
- Read the Billie the Clever Pig book series to your students.
- Download the Free Resources to help your students engage with the process of early career thought.
- Encourage your students at every opportunity to acknowledge and develop their individual talents.
- Tell your students Stories about those who have found their purpose – click to read and access sample stories.
- Support our education revolution by purchasing flying pig merchandising! Every dollar spent is reinvested in supporting our long over-due education revolution (read more about Our Education Revolution).